Richard Smiley

Richard Smiley

Richard Smiley, MD, PhD, is the Virginia Apgar MD Professor of Anesthesiology and Chief of Obstetric Anesthesia New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in New York, USA. Dr. Smiley received his PhD in organic chemistry before leaving chemistry to study medicine. He maintains several leadership roles in the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP), including chair of the research committee. Since 2004, he has been on the edito¬rial board for the International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia and, from 2004-2010, he was on the associate editorial board of Anesthesiology. He has served on US National Institutes of Health study sections, and as a mem¬ber of the US Federal Drug Administration advisory committee of anesthetic and life support drugs. He has also recently served on statewide and nationwide ACOG Task Forces to develop guideline and “bundles” for treatment and prevention of postpartum hemorrhage and venous thromboembolism. He has lectured throughout the United States, and in multiple countries in Europe and Asia.
Dr. Smiley was principal investigator for a NIH RO1-funded study entitled “Beta2 adrenoceptor genotype and preterm labor.” His research has included a focus on genetic effects on pregnancy and labor, but also includes studies on the adrenergic system and vascular response during pregnancy , metabolic and energy balance in pregnancy, and labor and postpartum analgesia.
Work from Dr. Smiley’s group has received the “Best Paper” Award at the SOAP annual meeting in 2003, 2005, and 2007, and at the 2005 Inter¬national Society for Anesthetic Pharmacology annual meeting. Outside of clinical work, Dr. Smiley is married to the girl he took to his high school prom, with whom he has attempted to raise three sons and two dogs, and enjoys running, skiing and watching and attending New York Yankee baseball.

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